Perfect paper planes, bra designs in spacesuits, and bacon sandwiches for astronauts are all covered in a new collection of home learning videos made by TV science presenter Dallas Campbell, as part of STEM Learning’s education support for young people and families.
Dallas, presenter of shows such as Bang Goes the Theory, The Gadget Show and Stargazing Live, joins astronaut Tim Peake and neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones in supporting our home learning resources.
Everyday engineering with Dallas Campbell
Perfect paper plane
Using a piece of A4 paper, a credit card (or similar) and a meticulous folding technique, Dallas creates and conducts test flights of his paper plane, aiming for it to fly as far as possible. We encourage families to create your own paper planes, video their flights and share the results on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, tagging @STEMLearningUK. Top tip from Dallas – “a dihedral wing angle is vital!”
Bras and bacon sandwiches in space
Dallas also reveals some of the lesser-known aspects of engineering in space, such as the role of bra manufacturer Playtex in the design of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, and how engineers, along with chef Heston Blumenthal, fulfilled Tim Peake’s wish to eat a bacon sandwich on the International Space Station.
“Amazing feats of engineering are all around us, from the clothes we wear to the food we eat. The good news is, to understand and get invested in engineering, you don’t even need to leave your home.” - Dallas Campbell
“Engineering is all about recognising a problem and finding a solution – usually combining a mix of maths, science and creativity. Engineers create products and solutions that make life better and easier for us – from computer games to chocolate bars.” - Fran Dainty, STEM’s head of education
To complement these videos, STEM Learning has shared The Great British Space Dinner for primary pupils and secondary students (lessons about food in space) and Space Suit Science (creating your own spacesuit) to enable children and their parents to complete fun activities at home.
Additionally, there are more than 300 carefully selected and free activities and resources to support teachers, parents and carers with home learning, with a particular focus on STEM subjects including science, computing and maths.